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It’s My Birfday and I’ll Compile a Birfday List If I Want To…

Leetle Karrie | Covet Living

…like I’m 7 years old and I’m anticipating a Peaches N’ Cream Barbie or somethin’. But really, I still feel like a kid, so why grow up and stop compiling birthday wish lists? Right, my thoughts exactly. So here goes with the goodies I’ve got my eyes on 😉

This off the shoulder gray knit dress – only $35! – is so hot and very very Flashdance. Ok I’ll be honest; I kind of want Stephanie to buy it so I can just borrow it off her. Thanks Shtooph!:

Off Shoulder Knitted Sweater | Covet Living

Anything and everything from my new fave jewelry/fashion company – Fashionable. It’s genius and sells such great stuff – and all for a GREAT cause. All of their products (which are very reasonably priced) are made by women in the US and other countries who have overcome challenges from addiction to lack of opportunity. Four of my faves:

Fashionable jewelry | Covet Living

{Clockwise from top left: Ear Arch, $24Cuff Ring, $34 | Hammered Circle Earrings, $30 | X Ring, $34}

The most delicious smelling candle ever created – the Nest Grapefruit candle:

Nest Grapefruit candle | Covet Living

One of my main goals in life is not to keep myself challenged as a human being by learning a new hobby, or to achieve greatness, or live as long as possible through great health; it’s to stop looking like a GODDANG HOBO when I go to bed each night. Too bad I keep failing. That’s why I need this adorable Top and Pajama Set from Tarjay! At $19.99, it’s wicked cheap, but still really cute – and according to reviews, super comfy:

Pajama set | Target | Covet Living

This handwoven multi-colored camera strap from LoveBirdsLA is so pretty, it might just make me pick up the ol’ camera to take some photos more often. This is just gorgeous!:

Tulla Camera Strap | Covet Living

I’m in maje need of new running kicks – I think mine are 2-3 years old. These Nike Air kicks are currently on sale and just what I need!:

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32

A subscription to the best mag on the planet:

LC Redbook

I’m just going to come out and say it. I need a subscription to Redbook Magazine. GURL DON’T KNOCK IT TIL YOU TRY READ IT! I grew up reading my grandma’s Redbooks (placed in a stack in her bathroom for leisurely reading thank you) and assumed if I opened one up these days, I’d learn about beef noodle crockpot recipes and outfit ideas for one’s favorite pair of sensible slacks. Not the case. Every time I pick up an issue (usually at home in Indiana – ’cause my Mom knows what’s up) I find myself ingesting entertaining ideas from Lauren Conrad, getting moisturizer tips from Jessica Alba, marriage tips that sound reasonable but which I’ll forget; and ok, maybe a beef and noodle crockpot recipe but one that is lean and delicious. I am embracing my love of Redbook Magazine right here and now.

This nubby yummy sweater from Cupshe is $30(!) and screaming my name for Fall:

Cupshe Grin and Flare It Sweater | Karrie's Birthday List | Covet Living

And that’s it. Thank you all for indulging me. Also, if I said I wasn’t celebrating my birthday for the whole month of August, I’d be lying.

Love to love youuuuuu,

karrie signature

 

Bohemian Garden Party

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Last weekend, I hosted a birthday party (on the front lawn) for one of my beloved gal pals, Hope… she’s the kind of person who doesn’t know strangers, always makes everything fun, always includes everyone (aka the anti-mean-girl – and you can’t get enough of those), has an easy-breezy and ever-positive spirit, an infectious love of life and a larger-than-life love for Taylor Swift.  Which has infected ALL OF US, including yours truly:

Taylor Swift Concert | Covet Living

Anyhoo.  Besides kicking ass at life, Hopes (a fellow design guru) is also insanely creative and has mad ingenuity.  For her birthday this year, she wanted to do a “laid back dinner outside” with just a handful of her closest friends… and had a fun, boho vision of laying out blankets and lanterns around a low table.  As soon as she said that, I knew we were about to embark on something magical in a Woodstock / flower power sort of way. This was the vibe we were going for:

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

And – YOU GUYS – I gotta tell ya… this was SO EASY.  So I promise you can do it at home this weekend if you wanna.  We only had a few days to plan and for a second, Lilly (my co-conspirator, aka Princess Jasmine) and I panicked and thought we were going to have to rush order all sorts of hippie hoopla from Etsy, buy West Elm out of lanterns, etc… And theeeeennnn we decided to just chillax and try to use what we already had.  Here’s what we needed:

  • String Lights (and some way to hoist/rig ’em up over the table)
  • Low Table (at the height you can sit on the ground and eat)
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Lanterns
  • Flowers (for centerpieces)
  • Flowers (for flower crowns – more of Hope’s genius vision)
  • Tableware
  • Gold chargers
  • Temporary tattoos (duh)

We also thought about trying to make everything match and coordinate, and then (psssssht) threw caution to the wind and decided that – whateva – it’s boho, yo.  The curtains aren’t supposed to match the drapes… (this all goes back to my theory about how when you put a bunch of things in a room that you love, they somehow miraculously look great.)  Here’s how it all shook out:

SATURDAY, 12PM:

Hope (with her Chicago besties in tow) brings over some stuff she had at home: blankets, pillows, votives, tea lights & gold chargers.  And flowers she picked up from the market… for centerpieces and (duh) for flower crowns.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Boho Party Inspo | Covet Living

SATURDAY, 12:30PM

Some dude delivers a massive, 300lb parquet dining table that Hope just bought off of Craigslist for $20.  Girlfriend can scout a deal, I tell ya.

Craigslist Table | Covet Living

But since she wants us to sit on the ground, we know we have to hack off the legs. So we plop down around my coffee table to gage how high we want it, settle on 17″H, and measure/mark the legs on the new table… remove them (luckily, they screwed off) and Hope ran to Home Depot to have them cut down (there’s usually a small fee to do this, but the nice fella with the saw did it for free for her.  Aww.)

SATURDAY, 1:30PM

Temporary tattoos {from Pigment}, check.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Pick up cupcakes from Pure Cupcakes down the street. #nomnomnom // {Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine is baking a homemade lasagna and scooping up a salted caramel cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.  Otherwise, we pot lucked it.}

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

SATURDAY, 2PM

Gus resting up for the festivities.  The excitement of party prep has already sidelined him.  Obviously.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

SATURDAY, 5PM

Hope comes over to help start setting up.  Neither of us have showered, and nothing’s set up yet.  Party starts at 6:30pm.  NBD.

First order of biz: rigging the string lights.  We only had one measly string of lights and no trees close enough to hang them from, so we stuck some old pieces of molding (pulled from a heap of &^$# in my landlord’s garage) in a pot and weighted it down with bricks.  It only fell about 18x before we finally stuck the landing:

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Then we heave-ho’d the table out and laid blankets/pillows around it.  I scored the vintage batik runner on Etsy a few months ago:

Boho Garden Party | Covet Living

We set the table with the votives and flowers Hopers brought + a bunch of mismatched antique glassware I’ve been collecting since before Baby Jesus was born.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Extra blankets got draped over the backs of the Adirondack chairs to make them a bit cozier.  I bought the giant lily lanterns at Celadon Home in Charleston about 10 years ago.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

{Hopes putting out the last few Moroccan poufs}

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

6:30PM: TABLE SET!

{Chargers – $1 at Michael’s // ikat plates & plastic silverware – $1 at Wal-Mart // floral napkins & confetti – leftover from a wedding shower Karrie recently threw // antique glassware, Mexican bowl and runner – from the depths of my closet}

Bohemian Table | Covet Living

6:45PM: BOHO YARD PARTY COMMENCES

{to the tune of T-Swift – if you really wanna play along listen here}

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

boho yard party | covet living

7PM: DIY FLOWER CROWN CRAFTING COMMENCES

{Easy tutorial here}

DIY Flower Crowns | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

…even Gus was in on it.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

He loves his Aunt Hope.

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

8PM: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

How cute is she?? Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

8PM – MIDNIGHT

Taylor gets louder & louder… Gus takes 400 laps around the table to show everyone his stuffed animal, then disembowels it on the lawn… neighbors try to complain about the noise but then decide coming over for birthday cake is a better plan, we may or may not have camped on the lawn, etc.  Good times.

boho garden party | covet living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living
Bohemian Yard Party | Covet Living

So the moral of the story is: Gowel… don’t stress!  Use as much of what you already have around the house as you can, don’t worry about everything matching, and have everybody bring a dish so you don’t have to do all the cooking.  Teamwork is a wonderful thing. #Girlsquad #easybutton

Howeva – if you don’t happen to have string lights & kanthas & colorful tableware just laying (is it laying or lying??) around, here are a few picks I love:

Boho Yard Party | Covet Living

edison bulb string lights, target, $24.99 :: vintage hmong batik runner, similar to shown, about $79 :: chatoyant tumbler, anthropologie, $10 :: geometric appliqué pillow, target, $24.99 :: tie dye lumbar pillow, target, $24.99 :: fleur & frond bowls, west elm, $8 each :: faceted lanterns, west elm, $49-$69 :: bohemian kantha quilt, etsy, $89 (UM – I *LOVE* THIS ONE – somebody better go buy it before I do.)

As for the morning after… have truer words ever been spoken?

the morning after | covet living

xoxo!!

Steph's Scanned Signature





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